Word Formation Rule is a rule of grammar by which morphologically complex words are formed out of (free and/or bound) morphemes. Word formation rules are necessary in theories which assume that the lexicon only contains a set of underived words, and that complex words are derived from these listed forms.
Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics
- Aronoff, M. 1976. Word Formation in Generative Grammar, MIT-press, Cambridge, Mass.
- Halle, M. 1973. Prolegomena to a Theory of Word-Formation, Linguistic Inquiry 4, pp. 451-464
- Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory, Blackwell, Oxford.
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